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2004 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan Auto

2004 Kia Optima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sedan, Compact
22 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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June 14, 2012, 10:05 am

Theresa S
 

Question: Parking Break Issue

Upon parking my 2012 Kia Optima, I keep my foot on the brake, put the car in park and then apply my parking break. Once my parking break is set I remove my foot from the break. At this point the car will move slightly (or more than slightly if I am on in an incline) and will make sort of a grinding sound - almost like the car is resting on the transmission instead of the parking break. Is this normal? I have had it into my dealer and they said they couldn't find anything wrong. I've only had the car 2 weeks!!


June 22, 2012, 3:50 pm

Tyler O
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Try using just the parking brake on a slight incline and see if it locks the rear wheels as its supposed to. You may need to pull a bit harder on the brake for it to not roll at all.

You are doing it correctly however. It is best to have the parking brake hold the vehicle not the transmission. The component inside automatic transmissions that hold them in park is actually very small and weak.


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